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Man guilty of vehicular homicide speaks out for prevention

In Iowa, you know that if you're on your bicycle and on the roads, you need to watch out for traffic. You follow traffic laws like any other driver. Most of the time, you're safe. Other times, drivers who are being reckless or driving dangerously may put your life at risk.

A man who killed a cyclist in a car accident discussed the accident in a recent news report from June 3. He has spoken out about the situation in the hope that it will help other drivers understand the risks of texting and talking while driving; he was on his phone when the accident took place.

According to his story, he didn't even see the crash take place because of being on the phone. He had called his bank to make a loan payment, so he had to look down at the cellphone to make the call. It wasn't until a second later when he heard a thud that he discovered that he had caused an accident.

The man had hit a 33-year-old woman who was biking with her two daughters. The man went to her and performed CPR, but the woman still passed away at the scene. The man, 26 at the time of the accident, ended up pleading guilty to felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide. He spent 120 days in jail and has three years of probation. On top of that, he must work 300 hours of community service and he is speaking out publicly about his crime. He wasn't required to do so, but he made the choice to hopefully make people aware of the dangers of driving while distracted.

Source: Star Tribune, "Man who was on his phone when he hit, killed cyclist speaks out," Jenna Ross, June 03, 2015

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